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Arthur Beale

Shopping Covent Garden
5 out of 5 stars
(27user reviews)
Arthur Beale, shop, Tottenham Court Road
Arthur Beale, 100 Best Shops 2017

There are some odd shops in London, but few beat the surprise factor of finding a yacht chandler in Shaftesbury Avenue. Arthur Beale is a retail survivor, hanging on long after many of the other chandlers went bust. It may look old-fashioned – and it stubbornly holds out against this new-fangled internet thing – but the stock is as useful now as it ever was for sailors. On the ground floor you’ll find everything from reels of rope, ship’s bells, barometers and brass navigation lights to basic boating hardware such as cleats, fairleads and lacing hooks. On the first floor you’ll find books, boots and lifejackets.



Venue name: Arthur Beale
Address: 194 Shaftesbury Avenue
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 9am-6pm; Thu-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube
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Arthur Beale's chandlery is a doorway to an astonishing past - Shackleton ordered his ice-axes and ropes from within these very doors. An excellent product catalogue for 21st century sailors and outdoor folk alike, and some exceptional evening events hosting some very special people.

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Apart from the wonderful array of stock that sucks in all yachties, yachters and boaters they have something for everyone in here. Landlubbers will browse for ages as there's plenty of crossover trinkets for the Wendy and Trevor house. They're not up themselves; it's a delight to be served as they know what they're talking about. Best of all are the events of an evening. Brilliant talks on topics like the lost rivers of london, how to sail a gaff rigger and antique sea charts are dotted either side of film showings of The Riddle Of The Sands and The Cruel Sea. Arrive for the film in a duffle coat and you might get in free, be offered hock and sea dogs' biscuits. No duffle and it's £5 to get in or purchase goods over £15 and in you go. Pub before and after and maybe an Indian, too. It's right good, friendly and a touchingly quaint gas. You learn, you meet, you eat and drink - you leave with a warm feeling.

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Arthur Beale's is a unique and wonderful breath of fresh air in a globalised world. Under new and much improved management, the place is a national treasure.

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Not only was it a very pleasant surprise to find a ship chandler in Central London, the very accommodating staff even specially ordered in the specific 12V 21W Halogen bulbs for my boat that can't be found online, and gave me a call when I arrived. Not just good for boat supplies though, if you ever want a quality Breton top, wet weather gear or any variety of rope, these guys have you covered. Hurray for this classic local business managing to stick around!

great for 'must have' hiking safety item: bo'sun's whistle, and for strongest ropes and endless browsing. 

What became of Mr. Coleman - is he happily retired near a coast and boating?

So what do you need?  Stop here first as the selection is huge!  My experience with the staff was completely different from AS, wonder where the personality problem lies.  Just sayin'.

What an amazing shop.  A historical landmark with really knowledgeable staff.  A landmark of London and not to be missed.

One of a kind, in London as well as this neighbourhood. Great shop with loads of useful kit, plus new found treasures.

I have been buying yacht chandlery and other stuff here for over 30 years. It is a fantastic shop and a boon to sailors to have a shop in Central London. It also serves a variety of different non sailing folk with ropes and fittings, screws, nut and bolts and really great quality clothing. It also has great social evenings of a nautical flavour.

Terrific emporium; highly knowledgeable staff. Lots and lots of top quality goods in a mildly quaint but efficient shop. Always stop to gaze at the window.

Great shop and the staff really know their subject and are passionate about it, a great place to buy anything nautical, a traditional chandler and probably the last one in central London.

One of my favourite finds in London. Great knowledge, helpful and friendly and I can buy great gifts for those not of a nautical nature too.

unique ! its been my favorite spot in London since I first arrived in 1976 !!!

Arthur Beale is knowledgeable and eclectic. Just what you need and some things you never knew you needed. Like walking back in time and walking forward toward a dream...

Great little shop full of.....stuff!!! Ideal for that "need in a hurry" tool or piece of theatrical ironmongery!

Just the most fantastic, quirky, proper shop - staff who know their subject, high quality items, great range and affordable prices - it both surprises and delights from the seasoned sailor to the casual shopper. And, its over 400 years old! How good is that!! A perfect 'shed'.

Not just for sailing enthusiasts (though perfect for them) Arthur Beale is up-to-date yet delightfully old-fashioned in quite the best sense. The shop is crammed with interesting things, from vital bits of hardware to books and high-quality clothing in which to defy the elements. Everything they stock is practical or beautiful or both! And the staff are helpful and knowledgable. It's a gem and a lovely link to an older London.

A credit to London.From quintessential sailing and outdoors to ...'modernising your bathroom'! (Arthur Beale made a bespoke clothes-drying line for mine). And heaven if you're looking for quirky gifts you're unlikely to find easily ANYWHERE else (or even to imagine existed). Staff are a treat, too. If they're not too busy, see if you can persuade them to give you "the grand tour".

This is one of London's best kept secrets. The passion and determination shown by the owners and staff is admirable.

It's not just for sailing gear but also great selection of rugged outdoor kit.

The best chandler in the whole UK let alone London. They also have a fantastic history associated with them.

This special chandlers is a unique experience as it's the only traditional remaining one in London. It stays just the same and they engage you with professional unassuming expert knowledge, service with a smile and many much more; read on.

Arthur Beale's 'Events' are a delightful boon to boot: Quaint, quirky and fascinating they unfold now and then and the icing on the cake is the potential for the chance meeting new people in the pub afterwards. 

Friendly camaraderie, the hallmark of lovers of the sea and all the other watery bits, is what it's all about So, ready about? Lee ho and even if you're not really in to boat bollocks just get down there and check out all that intoxicating nautical tackle for a start.

I've started so I'll stop.

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One of the staff there was so rude and unhelpful! I went somewhere else to buy what I needed. NOT recommended.

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